ARCTIC and BORDERS to represent the Nordic countries at Cannes, with Lars von Trier M.I.A

The upcoming Mads Mikkelsen-starring film Arctic has been selected to screen at the Midnight Screenings section of the Cannes Film Festival.

The film, which is directed by Joe Penna, follows a man (Mikkelsen) who is stranded in the Arctic. He is about to receive a long-awaited rescue, but after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

Arctic also stars Icelandic actress Maria Thelma Smáradóttir, who featured in Prisoners. The film is a US/Icelandic co-production between Armory Films and Pegasus Pictures.

The Swedish film Borders, which has been directed by Ali Abbasi, has been selected for the Un Certain Regard. When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind.

The film stars Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, and Viktor Åkerblom.

While the Nordic selection is lacking at this year’s festival, the most notable absence is Lars von Trier with his new film The House That Jack Built. However, there are rumours that he will be one of the later announcements. This was suggested by Thierry Frémaux, the festival director at Cannes, so that’s looking pretty likely!

You can read about the history of Lars von Trier’s strained relationship with Cannes here. 


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.